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Career and Leadership Services Sample Resumes

Contents: Quick Guide for Writing a Resume Sample Resumes Resume Checklist

Quick Guide to Resume Writing 5 KEY RULES
1. Most relevant information on top 2. Be consistent in your formatting 3. Each experience MUST have – organization
• • • • • • •

Margins: 0.5-1" Font: 10-12pt (name can be bigger) Use correct tense Clean format that is easy to read Balance the white space Use Bold & Italics sparingly, but CONSISTENTLY 2 bullets per experience (minimum)

name, your position title, location, dates 4. Most recent on top (under each category heading)

5. Tailor it to the position


Skill + What you did +

How to write a bullet point

(how or why)

Example 1: Coordinated networking events for over 50 members by partnering with local alumni (ex. of how you did it)

Example 2: Coordinated networking events for members and alumni which increased alumni membership by 20%

(ex. of why you did it)


WHAT COUNTS AS EXPERIENCE • • • • • • Full time/part time jobs Internships Volunteer work Organization involvement Study Abroad/Relevant Classes Research

Tips from the Pros:
Add numbers to quantify your bullets points

SECTIONS OF A RESUME • • • • • Heading: Name & contact info Objective (optional) Education Experience Skills; Honors/Awards; Coursework (optional)

Highlight Transferable Skills

MAKE IT TO THE TOP OF THE PILE: Customize your resume!
• • • Tailor to the organization/company and job description Bullet Points: Use skill verbs directly from the job description when applicable Tailor Category Headings: Most relevant on top o Ex: Retail Experience, International Experience, Volunteer Experience, etc.

Call the Student Academic Affairs & Career Services Office: 608-262-2608 Visit the website: Meet with a Career Advisor by appointment Walk-in hours: Wednesdays: 10am-12pm and Thursdays: 1-3pm Created by Megan Watt: Updated 3/14/14


SoHE Sample Resume:

John Doe
1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706 (608) 555-1234 EDUCATION University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI Bachelor of Science – Personal Finance Certificate in Business Overall GPA: 3.8 / 4.0; Dean’s List (5 semesters) COURSE HIGHLIGHTS The Consumer & the Market Consumer Policy Analysis Wages & the Labor Market FINANCE EXPERIENCE Clifton Gunderson Financial Services, Madison, WI May 2014-Present District Marketing & Recruiting Manager - Initiate and cultivate relationships with business owners and professionals - Develop and implement marketing plans to recruit potential agents and customers - Improvise strategic solutions to urgent issues presented by District Manager - Maintain company financial records using Microsoft Excel - Demonstrate successful time management by balancing academics with 20 hours per week of employment Strategic Wealth Management Group, Madison, WI May 2012-August 2013 Administrative Assistant - Communicated with clientele and demonstrated expertise in office management through mailing, faxing and telephone duties - Coordinated mailing and marketing materials for 7 conferences with 500 attendees per conference Indian Hill Golf Course, Stillwater, MN June 2011-August 2011 Pro Shop Cashier - Provided excellent customer service to all customers through the use of clear communication and patience - Utilized knowledge and marketing skills to inform customers of available products - Communicated with customers by telephone and managed tee time schedule LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES Financial Occupations Club for University Students, Madison, WI January 2014-Present Vice President - Plan and facilitate 5 programs per semester which contribute to member skill development - Organize golf outing for 150 participants including club members, professionals, and clients to provide networking opportunity All Campus Leadership Conference, Madison, WI March 2013 Participant - Participated in a conference of over 100 students to further develop leadership skills - Strengthened communication, teambuilding, and individual skills beneficial to a career in finance VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES Badger Volunteers The River Food Pantry Madison Children's Museum August 2013-Present August 2012-December 2013 August 2011-May 2012 Household Risk Management Estate Planning for Financial Planners Family Financial Counseling May 2014

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123 Bascom Hill • Madison, WI • 53706 608.555.1234 • • Linked In: Ann Scott

Ann Scott

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI Bachelor of Science – Interior Design GPA:3.7/4.0

May 2015

University of Minnesota, Florence, Italy Summer 2012 Study Abroad Program • Studied significant trends of the market, aspects of the creation processes, and artistic and social expression of interior design • Gained exposure to different cultures and adapted to diverse situations in classes and during travel

Cogdell Spencer, Madison, WI August 2013-Present Interior Design Intern • Compile finishes for lead Interior Designer’s current healthcare design projects • Order, file, and organize materials for the design office’s resource library • Verify accuracy on finish plans and schedules for 4 assistant designers Student Chapter of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) May 2012-Present Member • Assist in setting up networking events, including ASID Career Day and the Fall Taliesin Tour • Contribute to design stage and space layout for fashion show produced by students Department of Design Studies, School of Human Ecology, Madison, WI Relevant Coursework Color Theory and Technology Chinese Brush Painting: Thought and Application Global Perspectives on Design and Culture Interior Design IV May 2012- Present

Teacher Education Library, University of Wisconsin – Madison Libraries, Madison, WI October 2011-Present Circulation Supervisor • Supervise and train student staff of approximately 20 on the library’s operations • Apply advanced understanding of circulation policies and procedures to customers to ensure accuracy and customer satisfaction University Housing, Madison, WI August 2011-May 2012 House Fellow • Organized and facilitated events for 60 students, including a Welcome Back Bash and a Spring dinner • Provided academic and personal support for residents including tutoring, referrals to appropriate resources based on their needs • Participated in diversity and leadership programming for housing residents

• • • • AutoCAD Architecture Civil 3D Microsoft Publisher Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator

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1300 Linden Drive • Madison, WI 53706 (608) 555-1234 •

Seth Cohen


University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI Bachelor of Science – Community and Nonprofit Leadership Certificates: Environmental Studies and Global Health

May 2016 Cumulative GPA: 3.3 / 4.0

School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin – Madison Fall 2013 Experiential Leaning and Community Issues • Researched community programs and conducted in-depth interview of Madison Senior Center Director to glean information about program strategy • Presented strategic plan to Senior Center upon analyzing data to improve long-term business plan



Madison Senior Center, Madison, WI January 2013 - Present Student Intern • Recruit over 15 professional volunteers to serve on center board and community committees • Researched and created long-term business plan to improve program efficiency • Coordinate special events and fundraisers, including a prom and poker night with over 50 attendees Habitat for Humanity, Madison, WI January 2013 - May 2013 Assistant Site Director • Led group of 15 volunteers in building a house including siding and structuring projects • Planned multiple volunteer activities throughout the community, including 3 building sites and ribbon cutting ceremonies and 2 fundraisers. • Planned multiple volunteer activities throughout the community including 3 building sites and ribbon cutting ceremonies and 2 fundraisers • Helped build an entire house during the school year for a local family of 5 in the Madison area United Cerebral Palsy of Southeast Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI September 2012 - December 2012 Special Events Intern • Assisted in planning and hosting two major fundraising events, including Charlie Kapp Golf Challenge and Joe’s Run/Walk & Roll Event • Coordinated over 200 volunteers for Joe's Run/Walk & Roll in order for the event to run smoothly

East High School, Madison, WI March 2012 - Present Special Education Tutor • Worked one on one with 4 students with various abilities in subjects such as reading, math, and science to assist in their learning and development • Collaborated weekly with administrators, teachers, and the tutoring coordinator to brainstorm unique approaches to teaching • Planned annual bowling fundraiser which raised over $4,000 for the special education department



Dean's List (4 Semesters) Recipient of the Dorothy Sullivan Scholarship

Fall 2012

Fluent in Spanish

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Bucky Badger
(608) 262-2608 LinkedIn: BuckyBadger Current Address: 1300 Linden Drive Madison, WI 53706 Permanent Address: 888 Dubuque Street Gregory, IL 54321

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI Bachelor of Science – Retailing Certificate: Business Overall GPA: 3.2 / 4.0 Dean’s List (Spring 2012) Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan Study Abroad Program May 2014

August 2012 – December 2012

Concourse Hotel / Governor’s Club, Madison, WI October 2013 – Present Customer Service Representative • Interact with diverse customers on a daily basis, providing directions and resolving complaints • Utilize excellent multi-tasking skills valet parking cars for clinic patients/guests in a fast paced environment Target, Madison, WI Sales Floor Team Member • Worked in Housewares and Bedding Departments merchandising and replenishing shelves • Helped create 10 merchandise displays throughout the store utilizing organization and creativity • Awarded Employee of the Month award in July 2012 for outstanding shrink results Applebees, Edgerton, WI Hostess • Organized seating arrangements and coordinated requests and server/table availability • Handled and prepared food orders utilizing computerized technology • Diffused situations involving unsatisfied customers by actively listening and offering solutions April 2012 – August 2013

May 2011 – August 2011

Student Retail Association, Madison, WI September 2011 – Present Vice President • Organize and promote social, volunteer, and professional events to over 100 members • Help lead team of 5 officers to develop a plan to recruit members, promote SRA, design functions, and more Phi Kappa Tau, Madison, WI Rush Chair • Promote values of and plan events for Phi Kappa Tau to ensure the success of rush week • Recruited 30 new members for the 2012-2013 academic year September 2012 – Present

American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Madison, WI January 2011 – January 2012 Team Captain • Fundraised over $2,000 towards The American Cancer Society and cancer research • Planned fundraising events such as car washes, bake sales, and garage sales to raise money for cancer awareness

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1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706 • (608) 555-1234 • •

Julie Johnson

University of Wisconsin – Madison Bachelor of Science – Human Development and Family Studies Madison Community College A.A. General Studies


Madison, WI May 2016 Madison, WI May 2013

Project Grow Madison, WI Corp Group Leader September 2014–Present • Maintain 4 hours a week of class assistant time with over 25 fifth graders • Participate in weekly trainings and meetings to ensure all Project Grow members are informed of changes & policy updates • Assist with planning of classroom sessions with supervisor and classroom instructors • Teach partner child to read by planning and implementing reading activities


UW Madison Hospital and Clinics Research Assistant • Observed and monitored emotional reactions of children playing in a clinical setting • Input, synthesized, and analyzed data to interpret outcomes


Madison, WI June 2014–August 2014

School of Human Ecology Student Academic Affairs Office Madison, WI Peer Advisor/Student Office Assistant August 2013–Present • Provide reception assistance for academic and career advising office by scheduling advising appointments, responding to student inquiries, tracking attendance for drop-in advising, and updating educational handouts and presentation materials • Present student perspective on time management skills, course selection, use of online course registration tools, and tips for student success at group advising sessions and new student orientations • Interact professionally and courteously with students, faculty, and staff in the School of Human Ecology and on campus Private Family Madison, WI Nanny Summers 2012–2013 • Supervised two school-aged children 5 days a week and provided transportation to activities and trips to museums, amusement parks, and other activities • Created and implemented a developmentally appropriate reading program that significantly increased the children’s reading and literacy skills • Taught and facilitated social, emotional, and behavioral skills that effectively increased positive interactions • Encouraged independence and self-reliance through meal making, household responsibilities (such as cleaning up after oneself), and self-regulation of activities


Safe Haven After School Program Madison, WI Team Leader September 2013–Present • Coordinated and directed groups of 3-4 volunteers to maintain structure and order • Mentored new volunteer members by demonstrating leadership and encouraging proper interactions with children Volunteer September 2011–September 2013 • Developed positive relationships and provided homework assistance to third-grade students from low socio-economic backgrounds through one-on-one and small group interactions • Taught conflict resolution and effective communication skills to 15 students through demonstrations and activities


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Cynthia M. Palmer
1300 Linden Drive Madison, WI 53706

May 2015


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI Bachelor of Science Major: Textile and Apparel Design Certificate: Entrepreneurship GPA: 3.16/4.00 Berlin School of Economics, Berlin, Germany • Studied Entrepreneurship

January 2012 – May 2012


Kohl’s Internship Program, Madison, WI June 2013-August 2013 Men’s Suit Design Intern • Collaborated with senior and assistant designers to design and develop women’s knitwear products for Lands' End • Participated in companywide leadership seminars to gain a better understanding of leadership and collaborative teamwork in professional settings • Gained a comprehensive understanding of corporate retail structure Intimi, Berlin, Germany Marketing Intern • Designed and executed marketing strategies for a small lingerie company in Berlin • Created styles for seasonal photo-shoots January 2012-May 2012

J. Crew Store, Madison, WI March 2011-August 2011 Sales Associate • Collaborated with visual merchandising team to create a polished look in the store • Represented Coach brand and encouraged a friendly environment for customers by providing timely customer service • Studied products to better assist customers and meet monthly sales goals


2012 Kohl’s Design Competition • Competed against UW-Madison designers in an outerwear design and construction competition • Received second place award and $500 scholarship for outerwear jacket

May 2012

England Study Abroad Program: Design, Entrepreneurship, and Culture Summer 2012 • Selected from a group of 400 students by Kohl’s Center for Retailing Excellence to study abroad in England • Experienced and studied offshore design, development, sourcing, and distribution J. Crew Campus Representative Spring 2012 • Represented and advertised the J. Crew brand on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus through social media, fashion showcases, and promotional flyers • Organized monthly in-store student shopping events which increased student shopping by 15%


Kohl’s Intern Scholarship Recipient (Summer 2013) UW-Madison Design Studies Department Portfolio Review Honorable Mention Award (Fall 2012) Undergraduate Research Scholar (Fall 2011) People to People Student Ambassador (Summer 2010) Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Conversational in German Traveled to Italy, Spain, Turkey, and France during semester abroad

Skills Global Profile

Name: ____________________________________________ Reviewed by: ______________________________________ Layout & Appearance
Name at the top of the page, big and bold? Contact information (address, phone number, e-mail, LinkedIn URL(optional)) easy to read? Resume an appropriate length? (1 page preferred) If 2 pages, it’s a complete 2 pages with relevant information included? Margins are about 1-inch (½-inch minimum)? Visually Appealing: Is there a balance of white space on the page? Visually Appealing: Easy to read/scan? Visually Appealing: Headings and statements evenly spaced? Font size 10-12 point? Legible font? (Veranda, Arial, Calibri, etc) Sans Serif recommended Formatting (e.g., bold or italic font, bullet sizes, heading styles) consistent throughout the resume? Verb tenses: present tense for current jobs? Past tense for previous jobs? No first person statement or abbreviations/jargons? No spelling or grammatical errors No periods after bullet points

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Objective (Optional Section)

Specific (includes position title and company interested in)? Clearly states what skills you possess and what you will bring to the position (i.e. what you can offer the company)?


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Lists University of Wisconsin- Madison and location (Madison, WI) Official degree (Bachelor of Science or Arts) and Major listed Lists emphasis area, minor, and/or certificate if applicable? GPA: Cumulative and/or major GPA (if a 3.00 or above) no more than two decimals, and out of a 4.0 scale? (i.e. 3.21/4.0)


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Headings: Education, Experience, Activities, Volunteer, Honors and Awards, Computer or Language Skills (not all required) Category headings tailored (at least one)? (i.e. Design Experience) Experiences are in reverse chronological order under each category headings (aka more recent on top) Each experience has name of organization, position title, location (city/state), dates (month/year), and description of the experience? 2 to 5 statements per experience? (Bullets are recommended.) Statements demonstrate skills of major accomplishments rather than routine tasks/duties? Accomplishment statements start with skill/action verbs? (See back for examples of skill/action verbs.) Most Relevant Information On Top: (is the most relevant experiences/skills at the top of your resume?) Tip: Use Categories to help Individual statements clearly market results that are a product of the expressed skills? Quantify results? (i.e., use numbers when possible)?

Resume Checklist (SP14)

Resume Writing Resources

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Sample Action Verbs
accomplished achieved adapted administered advised analyzed arranged assembled assessed authored balanced bargained broadened budgeted built calculated classified communicated compiled completed composed concluded conducted coordinated corresponded created demonstrated designed developed directed drafted earned edited encouraged established evaluated examined explained familiarized formulated gained generated identified implemented improvised increased influenced initiated instructed interpreted interviewed introduced investigated maintained managed marketed moderated monitored motivated negotiated obtained operated organized participated planned presented produced programmed promoted provided purchased recruited reduced represented researched reviewed scheduled selected solved started streamlined strengthened structured supervised surveyed taught tested trained transformed translated traveled updated upgraded utilized wrote

How to write a bullet point

Skill + What you did + Results/Purpose
(how or why)

Example 1: Filmed a 10 minute documentary using the X3000 camera (ex. of how you did) Example 2: Filmed a 10 minute documentary on AIDS awareness for a class presentation (ex. of why you did it)

Top Skills Employers Seek in Candidates
Communication skills (Verbal) Strong work ethic Teamwork skills Analytical/quantitative skills Initiative Problem-solving skills Communication skills (Written) Interpersonal skills

Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers, NACE Research: Job Outlook Survey 2013

Computer skills Flexibility/adaptability Detail-oriented Technical skills Organizational skills Leadership skills Friendly/outgoing personality

Resume Checklist (SP14)